Very much like Boxee, the Android-based (or Google TV, whatever you want to call it) television set acts as an always-on hub for TV, Internet, Multimedia, and Social Media – all interconnected.
Out-of the box – the Android TV comes pre-loaded with your favorite applications. YouTube, Google Maps, Weather, Time, Calendar and Internet Browser. Lava also offers an App Store where new applications will become available, both free and paid. As of the moment, you currently have Facebook, Twitter, E-mail and couple of others.
The TV is prepped to go into beta-testing early this Summer and prices are still up in the air, though the estimated cost of a 42-inch high-definition LED model will cost between $2,000 and $2,500. 47 and 55-inch models are also planned.
We can only cross our fingers that the Android TV will allow Hulu and Netflix as well, making the set-top box pretty much obsolete, and thus further reducing the number of wires cluttering up our media consoles. Something that is always a welcome change here at Unplggd. Now, if Google or the People of Lava can make it feel less like a big giant browser window hanging on our walls and more like a well thought-out extension of our new-media lifestyles, we'll be in business!